Espresso Cheesecake Bars

This pretty layered bar has a sweet cream-cheese filling atop a mocha-flavored crushed-cookie crust.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 4 hr 5 min
  • Servings 25

Ingredients

1 1/2
cups chocolate cookie crumbs
1
teaspoon instant espresso coffee powder
1/4
cup butter, melted
1
(8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/4
cup sugar
1/2
teaspoon vanilla
1
egg

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. In medium bowl, combine cookie crumbs, 1/2 teaspoon of the espresso coffee powder and melted butter; mix well. Reserve 1/4 cup mixture for topping. Press remaining mixture in bottom of ungreased 8-inch square pan.
  • 2 Beat cream cheese in medium bowl at medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add sugar, remaining 1/2 teaspoon espresso coffee powder, vanilla and egg; blend well. Pour over crust. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.
  • 3 Bake at 350°F. for 15 to 20 minutes or just until center is set. Cool 30 minutes or until completely cooled. Cover loosely; refrigerate 3 to 4 hours or until firm. With hot, wet knife, cut into bars. Store in refrigerator.

Expert Tips

Espresso is full-flavored coffee produced by forcing steam or hot water through finely ground dark-roasted coffee beans.

Look for chocolate cookie crumbs in the grocery store baking aisle.

Instead of chocolate cookie crumbs, crush chocolate wafers. Place chocolate wafers in a resealable plastic food storage bag and press it with a rolling pin.

Use instant coffee granules in place of the instant espresso coffee powder.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
85
(
Calories from Fat
55),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
6g
6%
(Saturated Fat
3g,
3%
),
Cholesterol
25mg
25%;
Sodium
80mg
80%;
Total Carbohydrate
7g
7%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
4g
4%
),
Protein
1g
1%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
2%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.